Why have I mentioned aliens? Because the ancients said their gods visited them from the sky and even were intimate with them.
Giants; the word conjures up fantastical, mythological and fairy tale like images of beings that have long passed and are but dust beneath the earth. Today we see basketball players or professional wrestlers of unusual height, or we thumb through the Guinness Book of World Records and see photos of people of staggering stature, making anyone alongside them look like an action figure! Honestly, even seeing all the “giants” photographed throughout history, and using my imagination to envision giants decked out for mortal combat, I don’t really think I’d be too afraid. Their super tall, so what!? Sound to me like they would be slow, clumsy, and maybe even stupid too! Actually, being small and agile, Israel would have an upper hand. So why was Israel so afraid of these giants?
Moses here recaps the story of their parents who had the opportunity to take the land the first time but chickened out:
Deuteronomy 1:21-45 Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged. And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come. And the saying pleased me well: and I took twelve men of you, one of a tribe: And they turned and went up into the mountain, and came unto the valley of Eshcol, and searched it out. And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which the LORD our God doth give us. Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God: And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there. Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them. The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes; And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place. Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God, Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day. And the LORD heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying, Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers. Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the LORD. Also the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt not go in thither. But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it. But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea. Then ye answered and said unto me, We have sinned against the LORD, we will go up and fight, according to all that the LORD our God commanded us. And when ye had girded on every man his weapons of war, ye were ready to go up into the hill. And the LORD said unto me, Say unto them. Go not up, neither fight; for I am not among you; lest ye be smitten before your enemies. So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD, and went presumptuously up into the hill. And the Amorites, which dwelt in that mountain, came out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and destroyed you in Seir, even unto Hormah. And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you.
Here Moses uses examples of their cousins, who did not have the favor of God as they did, took on these giants and took their land to boot!
Deuteronomy 2:10-22The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites called them Emims. The Horims also dwelt in Seir beforetime; but the children of Esau succeeded them, when they had destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which the LORD gave unto them. And when thou comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress them not, nor meddle with them: for I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession. (That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims; A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead: As he did to the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, when he destroyed the Horims from before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead even unto this day:
Moses describes for us the impressive height of Og King of Bashan, and hints at his massive weight that required an iron bed to hold him:
Deuteronomy 3:11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.
So why did Moses use examples of their rebellious cousins; the children of Esau, Moab and Ammon, who conquered some of these giants to occupy the land they have now, as a pep talk to encourage the Israelis to take the land? Sounds to me like these giants were more than just tall. And indeed according to Scripture, tradition and legend they were. These giants were the stuff that legends and myths are made of.
Here is our first encounter with these giants:
Genesis 6:1-4 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
The word “Giant” Nephilim in Hebrew carries a double meaning. It means, Giant, yes, but it also means, “Fallen Ones”.
Most Christians in this enlightened age of today would scoff at even the suggestion that fallen angels could possibly have cohabitated with the daughters of men. Yet this was the original meaning and intent of this very passage. Only in the modern centuries have man tried to explain this away as the wicked daughters of Cain seducing and marrying the righteous sons of Seth. Horse Pucky! Every instance in the Tanak when the phrase “sons of God” is used it is used in direct reference to the angelic race, and it is obvious that the daughters of men is mortal women.
Indeed, this is one of the reasons why God deemed the flood necessary, not just because of the wicked ways of mankind, but because the fallen angels were impregnating the human women in an effort to thwart the prophecy of the Messiah coming:
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
This fact is backed up again and again in Midrashic, Talmudic, Kabalistic, and Rabbinical literature.
Deuteronomy 1:28 Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.
According to Rashi the descendants of Shamchazi and Azael, who fell from heaven in the generation of Enosh.
“The Chassidic masters explain that the generation of the Spies was loath to enter the Land because they feared the transition from the spiritual life they led in the desert (where they were sustained by "bread from heaven" and all their physical needs were provided by miraculous means, and their sole occupation was the study of Torah and the service of G-d) to a life on the land and all the material entanglements this brings.
This explains the Spies' mention of the "sons of the giants" they encountered in the Land. The Midrash (Yalkut Shimoni, Bereishit 44) relates the story of these "fallen angels": In the years before the Flood, when violence and promiscuity pervaded the earth, two angels, Shamchazi and Azael, pleaded before the Almighty: Allow us to dwell among the humans, and we shall sanctify your name! But no sooner had the two heavenly beings come in contact with the material world, they, too, were corrupted.
If these heavenly beings -- the Spies were saying -- could not survive the plunge to materiality, what could be expected of us, mortal and fragile men?” – The Lubavitcher Rebbe
If Satan through his fallen angels could pollute the human seed, then there would be no pure untainted human seed for the Messiah to come through. Thus is another reason for the flood and for Noach (Noah) and his family being spared. This is where the legends of the giants, and mythological type beings came from that Rome is so famous for speaking of. I believe this to be the modern explanation of the UFO and Alien phenomenon. Think about it, same ol’ plan, different package. Human women are abducted; they are impregnated and then re-abducted to extract the hybrid child, and many of them are shown their prodigy. There is no proof that these beings come from another planet, But the there is evidence leaning toward them coming from another dimension. Plus, if these “alien” give a message for mankind, it is usually a humanistic or new age message that belittles Messiah and His word and puts Him on the level of other world religions. Also the same paranormal activity that takes place during a poltergeist is the same type of things that happen when “aliens” and their craft are present. This sounds like Nephilim to me.